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Old December 17th, 2012, 04:59 PM   #1
 
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at a gunstore i have found a 38 special only police service six. I wanted a six series gun but I wanted it to be chambered in 357 mag. It is going for $350. Should i get it and if i do could/should I make it shoot 357?



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Old December 17th, 2012, 05:07 PM   #2
 
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If your heart is set on a .357 then that is what you need to get. The answer to converting it I will leave to someone more expert than I although I have never heard of it.
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Its going to be really hard to say if the price is fair or not without knowing the condition.
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at a gunstore i have found a 38 special only police service six. I wanted a six series gun but I wanted it to be chambered in 357 mag. It is going for $350. Should i get it and if i do could/should I make it shoot 357?
Well, the price is pretty typical so I don't think it's such a bargain you need to grab it. If you want a .357 then you should look for one, as has been said already. I can't answer specifically to the Security Six but usually the cylinder length and frame window would not allow the conversion to .357, which is a longer cartridge. So likely the answer is no on the conversion to .357. Even if the cylinder were long enough to ream out to .357 specs by the time you paid a gunsmith to make the modifications you will have far exceeded the value of your Six and created somewhat of a "frankengun" with the rollmarks indicating .38 Special and the chambering modified to .357 Magnum. There are lots of .357 Magnum Sixes out there in the $300 - $400 price range - just keep looking.

Edit: OK - learned the Six has same size cylinder and frame window so it could be done. But still think its not worth it.

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You are potentially overspending for the wrong gun. Wait until the right ones comes along.
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Thanks guys, I will keep looking
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.38 special Service Sixes are pretty common right now but $350 isn't bad for a decent one. I have several .38 Service Sixes and I don't miss the .357 capability at all..... With a good .38 +p round it's a very viable defensive gun.
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I just bought a Service Six in .38 special. I reload and usually shoot .38 special brass in all of my .357 guns. If I get a bargain on .357 ammo, I'll get it for the brass, but if I were only going to shoot factory ammo, I wouldn't feel undergunned with .38 special. A service six should handle +p with no trouble at all.
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Its definitely been in service for awile. Its got scratches, a some stains that might be rust, but the trigger pull is nice.
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If you want a 357 Magnum Service Six then wait until you find one at the price your willing to pay. As to the one you've located in 38 Special and your question on converting it to 357 Magnum, it should be left in its's current caliber. Now if you like the 38 Special as much as I do you might try making a cash money counter offer.
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